Who is Jackson Reffitt? Jailed Capitol rioter Guy Reffitt's son says his dad committed 'off the rails violence'
Guy Wesley Reffitt, one of Donald Trump's admirers who attempted to storm the US Capitol while armed with a gun was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison on Monday, August 1, 2022. The son of the culprit, Jackson Reffitt rioter says his father absolutely deserves the sentence for the off-the-rails violence committed on January 6, 2021. The 19-year-old said that Guy's actions during the insurrection were unacceptable and go beyond the scope of political protest. "Realistically, this doesn't have a matter of political opinion. What my father did is far from politics," he told CNN on Tuesday. "This is completely off the rails violence whether it had a political motive at this point doesn't matter. It's more about what he does and who he did it for."
During the initial stages of the investigation, an FBI agent reported that Reffitt told his son and daughter, "If you turn me in, you're a traitor and you know what happens to traitors... traitors get shot," he allegedly said to his kids. He also added that he went to the Capitol to "protect the country."
Who is Jackson Reffitt?
During the US Capitol riots case investigation against his father, Jackson Reffitt's revelation was one of the significant turning points. He gave in maximum information regarding what are the various preparations his father took before the riots. Later it was revealed Jackson moved out of their family house and did not disclose his new location due to security concerns. He stated during the inquiry, "I would say I'm sorry because I don't feel like I put him in this situation, but I still feel guilty. I would do it again,", Jackson said In an interaction with CNN. "I got in contact with the FBI after the Capitol riots about my dad. It was my moral compass, kind of, to do what I thought would protect not only my family but my dad himself," Jackson was quoted saying. "If you were to write down that quote and give it to anyone, ever, it would never be OK," Jackson added according to a CNN report.
In the recent interaction, Jackson said, "My father was used as a puppet." 'It is disgusting to see that someone with money and social power can just get away with manipulating thousands of people just for whatever reason, and have no outcome", Jackson explained. He further added, "I can't think of anything other than my own experience with my father, knowing he is a narcissist, and that he has a rather large ego, and it was horrible to see him make that decision," Jackson also stated, "I'm not happy at all. I haven't been happy with this whole situation. No one in my family has either, but to say I'm surprised would be a lie, I mean, everything my dad did, he's his own person. And his action has consequences. But I'm not happy at all."
In court on Monday, August 1, 2022, Assistant US Attorney Risa Berkower read a brief letter from Reffitt’s son Jackson Reffitt, who testified against his father. He wanted mental health treatment to be part of his father’s sentence.“My father has lost himself to countless things,” Jackson Reffitt wrote. “The prison system should be used not to destroy a person, but to rehabilitate one.”Reffitt has been sentenced to jail for more than seven years with five major charges which include transporting and carrying a firearm on Capitol grounds, interfering with Capitol Police, and obstructing an official proceeding.